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January 21, 2015 3:57 pm

Prospect of Jewish Exodus From Europe as Grave a Problem as Euro Crisis, Says Top EU Official

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The prospect of a Jewish exodus from Europe is as grave a problem as the future of the Euro currency, a senior European Union (EU) official has warned.

Speaking in Brussels, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that in some EU member states,  “the majority of the Jewish community is not sure they have a future in Europe.”

Jewish fears of an uncertain future on the continent present “a huge challenge to the very foundations of European integration,” Timmermans said.

“We can talk till kingdom come about the euro, about internal markets, about whatever initiative we take,” Timmermans declared, “but if this fundamental value in European society, which is that there is a place for everyone whatever your creed is, whatever your background is, your race is, the choices you make in society – if that is challenged, we have to answer that challenge by a policy that offers hope and prospects for everyone in European society.”

In the past, Timmermans has spoken with a rare sensitivity about Israel, while making clear that he disagrees with the policies of the current Israeli government. In 2013, while still serving as the Foreign Minister of The Netherlands, Timmermans told an audience in Jerusalem that Europe judges Israel from a different standard to other Middle Eastern states because it is seen as “a European country.”

Last year, Timmermans made it clear that the Dutch government opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel, saying at the same time that he “discouraged” Dutch companies from conducting business with Israeli communities in the West Bank.

In December 2013, Timmermans was accused by some Dutch politicians of advising the government-owned Vitens water company to abandon a project with Israeli water company Mekorot, while remaining involved with similar projects in Hamas-ruled Gaza. While Vitens decided in the end to stop working with Mekorot, Timmermans claimed afterwards that his office had no objections to the Israeli company.

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  • Bible believer

    Zephaniah 3:8-15

    8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

    9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.

    10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

    11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.

    12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.

    13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

    14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

    15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

  • Lauren Goldman

    I am 69, and when I read some Jews’ considerations for staying in Europe, they are the same thoughts that people I have known who managed to leave Europe in the 1930s, or survived the camps, told me. There were people in my neighborhood with tattoos on their arms and, they used the same rationalizations and concerns which the survivors used; “We are citizens of ______ (fill in the country) and this is our home. It won’t get that bad.”

    While it is true that much of the current attacks on Jews in Europe are committed by muslims, the anti-Semitism which has always been a part of Europe has been on the rise again for many years before there were so many muslims. Here in America, the anti-Semitism which lay dormant since WWII is reemerging, though it is far less frequent and violent.

    Over the years I had thought about visiting Europe, but now I will never set foot there. Sad.

    • Dear Lauren Goldman,

      Such a pleasure to read words of flawless clarity.
      We are the same age and share many memories,
      my uncle Abe was liberated from Auschwitz at the end of the war,
      He at 17 weighed 69 Lbs.
      Sadly he ate himself to death in 1968 weighing 450lbs,
      He could not pass a Deli or Bakery.
      I remember as a boy listening to the adults half English half Yiddish, about
      why some Jews stayed and others left.
      We as Jews see inherent goodness in all things, we set ourselves to denial of what actuality is happening, until someone knocks on the door.
      We all say ” Never Again” but in Europe the “Again” has already started.
      May Hashem guide those who deny the ” Again”.

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  • Jack

    True ben.
    Timmermans’ does fail to see the broader implications of cutting the nose off the face of progress!
    By supporting business of all origins wealth creation becomes free and the market will thrive.
    That is what this is all about.
    Religion has to stay in the mosque or synagogue, not on the street.
    Faith is demonstrated through good works that stand the test of time.
    Getting the local Fatah or Hamas zealotry to understand this may be difficult.
    But a healthy peace is it’s own reward.
    Then zealots are more clearly seen for what and who they are.

  • jbwillikers

    When Jews leave a country the outcome for the country is not good.

  • I am surprised no one seems to take the words of the prophets to heart. Behold, I am bringing them from the north country, and I will gather them from the remote parts of the earth, among the blind and the lame, the woman with the child and she who is in labor with child together; a great company, they will return here. With weeping they will come, and by supplication I will lead them; I will make them walk by streams of waters, on a straight path in which they will not stumble; for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn. Hear the word of HASHEM, O nations, and declare in the coastlands afar off, and say, He who scattered Israel will gather him and keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock. For HASHEM has ransomed Jacob and redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he. They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, and they will be radiant over the bounty of HASHEM–over the grain and the new wine and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; and their life will be like a watered garden, and they will never languish again. Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together, for I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow. I will fill the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people will be satisfied with My goodness, declares HASHEM… Does no one know HASHEM,s Word?

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    This of course is 100% face saving nonsense on the part of Europe who once again has been caught extolling the virtues of Hitler and calling for the extermination, once again, of all the Jews. All this is is more of the same ‘we don’t hate Jews, we merely hate ‘zionists” prattle.

  • victoria brandeis

    mr. timmermans job obviously is in jeopardy…..unseen words and definitions vacant he goes on to make himself concerned over the fate of jews other than the fate of the world.
    europe will disappear because of the many TIMMERMANS in the world
    …….and, i remain to say that monies should be in either swiss banks or in a place of safety and business registered in israel etc….let EUROPE
    In my eyes of which all is important this is the unions problem and not a jewish problem
    as a matter of the fact………mr. timmermans… too are so evil that the matter of truth falls short………and your pants are falling down.
    i think there is a children’s hymn about ‘falling down’….falling down.

  • Mickey Oberman

    It looks to me that Timmermans is an anti Semite who wants to appear otherwise.

    A wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  • The Europeans do not care if the Jews left Europe

    I think many people are missing the point.
    The Europeans were complicit in the Holocaust and the extermination of over 6 million Jews.
    Review history and you will see a European history that spans thousands of years with Pogroms and blood libel against Jews.
    Nothing has changed.
    My opinion and there are many who concur with me that the European community extensively benefited financially from the extermination of the over 6 million Jewish people.
    The Jewish assets and property has never been returned. No compensation or restitution is even talked about. (If some payments were made they are miniscule in comparison to the assets taken).
    Many homes, land, Jewish property and assets are now in the hands of the European community without paying anything for those assets or properties. That includes Jewish institutions, House of worship, cemeteries and more.
    There is no mindset whatsoever by the Europeans to truly change their attitudes toward the Jewish people, with some minor exceptions.
    I firmly believe that those who harass and still from the Jewish people will eventually pay the price.
    YJ Draiman

  • Not that many years ago almost every US Senator — including Senators Obama and Clinton — were on record saying that Jerusalem was the undivided capital of Israel. The US Congress passed a law asking the US Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. When did the goalposts mysteriously move? As far back as the 1860’s Jerusalem was seen as a Jewish city. In the 1867 British Embassy census of Jerusalem, Jerusalem’s population was made up of 8,000 Jews, 4,000 Christians and 4,000 Muslims. Those who would give away Jerusalem provoke Divine judgment.

  • VictorMc

    Typical two-faced Euro spokesperson. Fulla. sh*t. Words words words – action – zilch of course.

  • Egypt at that time was told : “Let My People Go.”

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  • theo

    This attitude of judging the Palestinians on a lower scale than the Israelis is so misguided ; you are telling the Palestinians they will be excused for what they do but Israel – Oh ! they are held to a higher standard
    This is ridiculous !!
    Europe should stop this patronising ,evil encouraging attitude
    Timmermans has nothing to teach Israel. Israel will certainly not wait for his approval before acting in its own interests

  • Mr. Timmermans speaks out of both sides of his mouth, without moral clarity, like most individuals who are ambivalent about Jews and Israel. They really don’t like either, but are uncomfortable and just a little but guilty about that. So, they have come up with that nifty ‘politically correct’ distinction: they really like the Jews, but object to Israeli policies and to Zionism. Which proves that they don’t have a clue about anything they are talking about.
    The Jews have been persecuted in, and driven from, about every country in the world since recorded history. In recognition of that fact and as a direct consequence of it, Dr. Hertzl proposed that the Jews, not being wanted or tolerated for long anywhere else, ought to settle in their ancient homeland of Eretz Israel with its capital of Jerusalem, also known as Zion. The movement to resettle Israel with its original people, the Jews, is Zionism. They have prayed every passover since time immemorial: ‘next year in Jerusalem’ (Zion); there is no distinction between Jews and Zionists.
    Furthermore, criticizing Israeli policies, without ever having lived there, without knowing what life is under the constant threat and aggression of jihadists/terrorists, is the height of arrogance. On top of which, not realizing, or not wanting to acknowledge that per the Treaty of San Remo (1920) the entire area of the former “British Mandate for Palestine” is actually sovereign Israeli territory, is the height of ignorance. Of course, ignorance has never stopped anyone from asserting one’s opinions.

    • Ivan

      The Jews have been persecuted and expelled from just about every country they have ever lived in. That is true. But have you ever thought about why? Is it just because they are Jews? Why does the same hatred not extend to other ethnic minority groups? All those people of different countries during different centuries all disliked Jews enough to want to expel them. Is it a coincidence or are all those people just evil? I think it’s more probable that the Jews did something to arouse this hatred.

      You talk so much of ignorance in your post. And talk of Jews ought to “settle their ancient homeland”. This, in my opinion, is pure nonsense. The majority of Jews alive today are Ashkenazim Jews. Their ancestors were Eastern Europeans from an Area called Khazaria who converted to Judaism in the 8th century. If you want to resettle Israel with “it’s original people” then these descendants of Eastern European converts are not it.

      And then you talk of constant threat and aggression from terrorists in Israel. The Palestinians don’t even have an army or air force to fight for them. Israel does. And can bomb them at will from the safety of their aircraft. Are Palestinians civilians not in constant danger of attack from Israel’s military? Is that not more powerful and dangerous than terrorist attacks?

      Please educate yourself, Kitty Fane. Before you berate others for being ignorant.

  • norm_t

    I hope the every single Jew leaves Europe
    and all the nice peace loving Arabs
    continue to destroy it. The European
    Christians have always had nothing but
    hatred for their Jewish countrymen.
    Let them all rot with their new Arab

  • Vivarto

    It is Jewish willingness to negotiate surrender of Judea and Samaria that created anti-Israel and anti-“settlement” opinion in Europe.
    The fault is entirely ours.
    If Israel stands firm on “THIS IS OUR LAND” Europeans will be at least neutral.
    There is no reason to call Judea and Samaria “Westbank” and support Arab claim to this area if Israel opposes it. Europe has no business taking sides in this dispute.

  • steven L

    What a surprise!Antisemitism has existed in Europe for the past 2,000 years + and Europe suddenly is concerned. Why should Muslims try to integrate when Jews tried for thousands of years to NO AVAIL! And they were good citizens who never ever thought of sedition or overturning the institutions of their country of adoption.
    What shameful Europe and what about Jews who keep themselves in trouble because of wishful thinking.

  • Pierre Herve Bocquee

    There is now a challenge for the engineers. Install automatic gun at the entrance of all buses which can be triggered by the driver at the touch of a button.

  • ArthurFliegenheimer

    Europe is trading 6 million Jews for millions of Muslims who view it as their duty to spread Islam and sharia law.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    God curses those who curse the jews.

  • Scott Riemersma

    He also seems to have no idea how many Palestinians work,and for good wages, for those Israeli companies in Judea and Samaria. Like Harvard here in the U.S. boycotting SodaStream putting hundreds of Palestinians out of work.

  • Larry

    Appears he has a hard time determining what he wants.

  • anon

    This time if the Jews leave they will take their money with them. Then they’ll really miss the Jews.

  • “the majority of the Jewish community is not sure they have a future in Europe.”

    The future of European Jews is in Israel.

  • len

    what is rarely mentioned in articles and needs to be brought out in the open more often is that the majority of anti semitic incidents in europe are coming from the very same community who accuse their present home countries of ISLAMOPHOBIA.only when muslims learn to cure their JUDEOPHOBIA will it be safe for jews in Europe and for muslims too.the radical right in Europe would be quite happy for muslims to do their dirty work for them in regards to the jews.then they can justifiably rally European populations to their cause of ridding Europe of the SCOURGE that caused Europe to finally become JUDENREIN.

  • Sara Springer

    The EU funds the Muslim terror, NGO’s, and BDS. Who is he kidding with his condescending attitude? Israel can’t be judged as “a European country”. Europe is too lacking in morality and integrity to even begin to compare with Israel.

  • Bernard Ross

    as long as these BS euros keep libeling Israel they are fanning incitement against Jews everywhere. they deny it but they know it and they want it even if they deny it. the are fakes, this is proven by the libels they tout.
    the Jews should get out, I expect europe to burn for decades, and they deserve it.

  • Joel

    Of course Jews should leave the European swamp. I’m not down with Timmmerman’s plea for Jews to stay…why to make Europe look civilized? Europeans welcome ignorant, hateful Muslims with their generous welfare, but for their Jewish citizens that produce and invest, they get Muslim violence and chronic antisemitic diatribes from the European media against Israel? Russia is a safer place for Jews than the antisemitic swamp But of course Israel is the place to be. Sorry Charlie! Playing nice with Muslim violence just begets more violence. Some Europeans are getting the message!

  • Brian Goldfarb

    “In 2013, while still serving as the Foreign Minister of The Netherlands, Timmermans told an audience in Jerusalem that Europe judges Israel from a different standard to other Middle Eastern states because it is seen as “a European country.”” That’s okay, providing the standards are still the same as those used to judge other democracies, and Israel isn’t held to higher standards. And why aren’t “other Middles Eastern states” held to the same standards? That’s patronising to those ME states.

    While I’m here, his regret over the possibility that Jews may feel that they have no future in Europe should be attached to a recognition that he and other Euro bureaucrats and politicos should have thought of this before cosying up to Islamists and Jihadists, and not holding them to the same standards as everyone else in Europe.

  • John rowan

    I hope all the Jews leave and take all their money with them screw EU

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  • Eric R.

    The only good Jew to Europe is a dead Jew.

    Always has been, always will be.

    The continent is a sewer of unrepentant, genocidal Jew-hatred.

    This will never change.

  • rulierose

    Europe is trading in its Jewish immigrants for Islamic ones. what could possibly go wrong?

    Jews have brought music, science, art, and industry to Europe; what have the Muslims brought?

  • Julian Clovelley

    So long as Israeli politics are ruled by Zionism, their religion by Fundamentalism, and the Jewish religion clings to a genealogical myth that is ludicrous, it is very difficult, however sympathetic one might be, to assist in preserving the safety of Jewish communities. They are burdened by, and turned into targets in part by, their determination never to truly modernise their thinking. It is stuck in a past even more imaginary than that of much of Islam.

    We need an Israel that is firmly back within the boundaries, physical and legal, of international law, that is not occupying and settling land that is not theirs to settle, insulting charities we have respected and supported for a lifetime, deriding the world’s three most progressive international bodies – The United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the International Red Cross – and we need a truly non apartheid Israel – one that is truly and successfully progressively multicultural. Therein lies the only viable future.

    Had it not been for the terrible Nazi epoch there would never have been a Zionist epoch. Underlying all of the actions with which most of the world felt great sympathy, and expressed in UN resolution, there was always the second expansionist agenda that raised disquiet. That agenda continues to override security and common sense. And many find it offensive

    How can it truly be explained to you that it is not antisemitism that leads people to disbelieve the myth of origins – the myth that there really is a discreet “Jewish” people? What you might see as “antisemitism” is the rising modern consciousness in the world coming to realise that divisions are purely cultural accidents of largely religious pseudo history. We are all the same people. The conscious world is reaching for sanity, and with matters such as environmental degradation and the growing abyss between rich and poor – the unending cycle of repression and austerity, they have no choice

    Racism will continue to exist so long as the nationalist message presses the racist nonsense – and it does not matter who does it, or how innocent and loyal and even pious, their motive. We need to get out of the madness(sic) of a religious past and face the real nature of humanity as it is today.

    It does not matter how we reached our present situation – there were a multitude of paths. What matters is how we proceed. The racial integration, the intermingling of blood lines, happened long ago – but the myths remain of discreet origin – reinforced in recent times, by the commercial interests of the Genealogical “who do you think you are” market

    We desperately need to get over the inverted pyramid approach to individual origin and to the place of an individual in relation to human life generally – it is simply scientifically and historically wrong – it is bogus. It is bogus as a Nazi myth and bogus as a Zionist myth. The concept of separate origins is the deranged intellectual core of the concept of “untermensch”, of “racial types” – of scapegoating and collective guilt – and even of “collateral damage”. It fires the daft concept of imperialism and of “return to ancestral land” – it is all bogus.

    As a world we need to grow up quickly reshaping the Catechisms of religion. None of them are functional in the modern world, and where they clash there is violence, contempt, hatred, and murder. Religions aren’t harmless artefacts that can be respected – all contain huge political and hierarchic(sic) social agendas. They largely shaped our modern economic relationships within societies. My Huguenot ancestors learnt that, my Irish Catholic ancestors learnt that, my Anglican grandfather learnt that as he fought against the Boers and then later the Ottomans.

    The world needs an all embracing revolution in thinking. What do we think we are doing with what we are teaching in state and private schools, in protestant and Catholic schools – in muslim and Jewish schools ? – It is all based on the lie of “difference”. The racism that kills us is in part our own. It is surely time to utilise our resources to get beyond those myths, time we asked – “Who are we really? How do we liberate and reconcile our common humanity, work together with those the past taught us to call enemies?”

    Is it not by first coming to terms with our mistaken concepts of identity and then spreading that understanding. Let me give an example. The “Jewish community” believes in community welfare within its community. But I see those same philanthropists and inspirers of internal community welfare opposing it on a general public scale. Jewish community leaders should be at the forefront of universal health care, universal quality education, universal disability and unemployment welfare. They should be at the forefront of the demand that Governments fulfil their duty of care with decent affordable public housing, controlled tenancies and rents, affordable provision of business premises for private enterprise and initiative, for public transport that isn’t scanty, smelly , uncomfortable and dirty as well as unsafe.

    The accusation of selfishness, self interest and nepotism is one no minority community can afford. We who know more – who know our history – realise that it was always a lie. But never make it easy to apply that lie. Leaders must be told to desist giving real apparent body to a slander through selective welfare and selective catering for need.

    I can well believe that it is very difficult for Jewish people to live in Europe. In the England of my childhood, and indeed in present Australia I believe it was, and is very different. We share in the joys of community, of difference and of eccentricity. I love Europe – When I land there I have a feeling of coming home – whatever country I first land in. I wish it were different, I’d still be living there if it were – I wish post war Conservatism hadn’t ruined it. I wish it had seized the gift so many people of the left gave it when they co-operated with their masters to overthrow a worse evil that had been born within Conservatism

    It is an opportunity lost – one that now must be recreated on a world scale. We move in that direction – or we move towards mutual destruction. Let the past go. Let the myths go – let the religions go. Build a new common Identity.

    For the most part I cannot support a campaign like the BDS campaign because it categorises people. I know the real Israel is diverse, as is the Jewish community generally. BDS is part of the Weltanschauung of difference. I can’t see those differences, It is time we all abandoned this creed of difference. It is evil however it manifests itself.

  • Jonathan Silverman

    “In 2013, while still serving as the Foreign Minister of The Netherlands, Timmermans told an audience in Jerusalem that Europe judges Israel from a different standard to other Middle Eastern states because it is seen as “a European country”.”

    Ironically, Europe countries would debate constantly whether Jews living in their respective European countries were actual members of those European countries; now all of a sudden we have our own country and it’s a European country?

  • Rick

    Europe deserves Muslims, a liability rather than Jews, an asset.

  • ben

    Mr Timmermans fails to understand that his position of “not doing business” with Jews who live in Judea and Samaria is part and parcel of the anti-jewish movement in Europe and its Islamization. It is legitimate to support the idea of an independent Arab state in the area, but it is not legitimate to oppose Jewish human rights. Who said that the State of Palestine must be “Juden-frei”? Mr Timmermans by his actions appears to support that position. After that, his statements in support of Jews ring a bit hollow.

    • Elle

      Exactly right. The Holocaust borders of Israel means no Jewish state-which is precisely what the Arabs want. They say it. They mean it. They act on it.
      Mr. Timmermans may mean well but we all know that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    • maria

      Nobody believes Mr. Timmerman.
      Europa is lost, it s already a dhimmi continent where the muslims are getting more and more Power, supported by the leftist governments.
      The only good politician in Europe is Mr. Wilders.
      Good-bye Europe